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Weekly revue: 2014 week #10 (March 1 to 7)

The weather is still very cold, we even had a bit of snow yesterday(!), but some blossoms (either cherry or plum) have started showing up hopefully to announce that spring is on the way.

Food: - Lunch at Acala.naatha, Nakano
- Wendy's in Roppongi (the one in Harajuku closed down a little while ago)

Roppongi Wendy's

Performance: On Saturday I went to see a performance by Yokomachi Keiko (actress and choreographer, ex-Romantica) and Yamakawa Fuyuki (musician and performance artist). I hadn't realized when I met Keiko in January, but she is affected by a stroke. The performance titled "Asymmetria" was all about her brain that has lost track of her left arm. It was very personal and rather dramatic.

The set was paced with sounds and lights triggered by Fuyuki. Also on stage was respiratory aid machine Puritan Bennett 7200 (aka "Pyu-chan"), something you'd usually expect to see in a hospital. It was a customized version Fuyuki has robotized to make it roll around radio-controlled, and he made it converse with the actress.

The performance did leave me a bit sad, and also concerned that this could probably happen to anyone. Our link with our own arms and legs might be more fragile than we think? Also it made me feel Keiko's courage and determination, recently returning on stage after some years of physical therapy. This was a very unique show, full of little surprises, and I'm glad I had the chance to see it.

Music event: I went to see hitomitoi's "Snowbank Social Club" show at Billboard! This has been her formula for the last 3 albums (starting with "City Dive" and "Surfbank Social Club"), offering a live version of each entire album. Again this time she was backed by members of Nona Reeves, and there were guest appearances by cool rapper Punpee and talkbox player BTB (of Luvraw & BTB). The show finished with "konayuki no Spur", a great song written by the late Bice.

Set list: Catch Me in the Snow / Winter Rouge Mellow / Silver Wind / Snow Storm Loneliness / Frozen Horizon / Chocolate Neverland / Diamond Dust / (Snowbank Social Club) / Night Flight Telephone Call feat. Punpee / Park Suite feat. BTB / Awakening Town
Encore: Feel Like Bayside Love feat. BTB / konayuki no Spur

Music release news: Cibo Matto, Konishi Yasuharu, "More! Electronic Disney Music", Hanazawa Kana, kotringo, Concert, "dai! tensai terebi-kun"

Cibo Matto "Hotel Valentine" Konishi Yasuharu "'senryokugai sōsakan' Original Soundtrack" Various Artists "More! Electronic Disney Music" Hanazawa Kana "25" kotringo "dare ka watashi o" Concert "Headache and Heartburn" Various Artists "NHK dai! tensai terebi-kun MTK the 18th"

Playlist: Negicco, Pizzicato Five, Latin Quarter, Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong, Kavinsky, Kinbara Chieko

Negicco "Melody Palette" Pizzicato Five "The International Playboy & Playgirl Record" Latin Quarter "Juicy Sunset Mix 2" Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong "Toropical Circle" Kavinsky "Outrun" Kinbara Chieko "Strings of Life" Kinbara Chieko "Velvet Night ~ Pray For Strings"

This week's video: Un Amin "hakone ni shiyō ka"

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 22:46 | Tweet |


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